Thirteen short stories to stun, thrill and terrify in equal measure.
A creator of virtual memories struggles to distinguish real-life experience from manufactured events. A childless couple conceive two children in an online world, only for their imagined life to be infected by a computer virus. The robotic brother of an adopted Chinese child 'dies', and a family realises how real a son he had become.
Alexander Weinstein's debut story collection, Children of the New World, imagines a near future of social-media implants and instant connection, environmental collapse and postrevolution discord. It grapples with our unease in the modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.
"Inspired by the author's anxiety over our increasingly virtual lives, these 13 stories artfully slam an unchecked obsession with technology and affirm the beauty of reality's texture." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Scary, recognizable, heart-breaking, witty, and absolutely human.... This is mind-bending stuff. Weinstein's collection is full of spot-on prose, wicked humor, and heart." (Publishers Weekly)
"Each of the stories feels utterly possible, and the worlds are deftly rendered - whether they show us the effects of climate change or new types of sex made possible by advanced technology." (Kirkus Reviews)
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